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Glass continues IU upgrades; Big Ten conference alignmentPosted Friday, July 30, 2010, at 5:32 PM
As another year of collegiate sports nears, there has been plenty going on at Indiana University where IU athletic director Fred Glass continues to spend money on the school's facilities.
The biggest additions won't be hard to spot to even the casual fan as Glass spent $2 million on a 36-foot high, 91-foot wide scoreboard that will be wall-to-wall and in high definition. The scoreboard will be beyond the south endzone and should be ready for the upcoming football season.
In a day and age where every school battles tooth-and-nail for talented recruits, the bells and whistles of the new locker rooms and work out areas certainly helped fortify the foundation of the recruiting tour. However, find me any 18-year-old who wouldn't love to see themselves on a high definition video screen that is among the top-10 largest scoreboards in college football and the second largest in the Big Ten only to Minnesota, which built a new stadium last year.
The new scoreboard has a video screen and will also be able to compartmentalize to show the score, clock, stats and down and distance along with out-of-town scores and the all important advertising, which will help pay for the new scoreboard.
Also included is an improved sound system, which is designed to enhance speech, music and other audio.
Glass apparently got a package deal as the aquatic center will receive two new scoreboards and the Tennis Center and Armstrong Stadium, home of IU's soccer teams, will receive one as well.
Up for discussion next week when the Big Ten athletic directors gather next week will be how the conference will align itself once Nebraska is added to the mix. The ADs will analyze the teams and see how best to divide the conference into two groups of six teams.
To keep the balance of power basically even, a group that includes Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio State on one side and Nebraska, Penn State and Iowa on another would make sense as far as football is concerned. One big concern would be maintaining rivalries so stay tuned as the Big Ten media gets together in Chicago next week.
With any luck Indiana might at least get to host the Big Ten football championship game since it likely won't get a chance to play in it anytime soon. Lucas Oil would be a prime place to host the title game with the new facility and the ability to close the roof. Indianapolis also has plenty of experience hosting big time events as the spring's NCAA National Basketball Championship continued to show.
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